Wyland and us on the stairs 2It’s been a busy year. I’ve already done 3 events– BookSplash Novella; Live Literately Summit right here at home, SLC; and Kinky in Kansas. It’s been great meeting up with my author friends and making new ones. I hosted Victoria Wyngate and Gwyn Mcname at my home for the weekend during the Live Literately event and loved how much fun we had–like a girl’s weekend. I’ll have to do that again next year.

I also had the privilege of attending the birthday bash for Wyland.
My H has admired his work forever and would drag me into every one of his art galleries we came across on our travels. Of course, I too grew to love it.

Every one, we’d talk about buying a piece, but when you’re so far from home, it always just seemed like a lot of trouble. Once day, we happened to join an art gallery tour in Laguna Beach with some friends, and of course, Wyland’s gallery was on the tour. We instantly fell in love with his newest sculpture at the time, A Whale of a Tale (something like that), and had to have it.

Daemon graciously helped us, and alleviated all our concerns about getting it home–they know what they’re doing! The next thing we knew, our tour guide was buzzing, “He’s here! He’s here! In all my time doing these tours, he’s never come downstairs.”

We were thrilled at how gracious Wyland was. He took us up to his studio/apt and showed us around (where the magic happens), introduced us to his pet tortoise, and took pictures of us with the sculpture we purchased. It was an awesome experience.

It was exciting to get an invitation to attend his private birthday party over the 4th of July this year. We had a great time and met some great people. Watching fireworks from his deck, the private gallery show, and a cruise through the harbor. We even met his amazing mother.

My H and I finally agreed on a piece to hang over the couch in the living room! I have video of Wyland, himself, touching up the painting. So cool!

It was a wonderful time getting to know him.  He’s done so much in his life and has made a huge impact on us all, saving this big planet we live on, using his art as one of the loudest and most listened to voices there has ever been.

What an amazing person.

susan and Wyland and Junior 2susan and Wyland and Junior

Wyland touching up our painting

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